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Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education

First published:
1 October 2020
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This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Today I am pleased to announce the publication of Terms of Reference for the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities, Contributions and Cynefin in the New Curriculum Working Group.

The Terms of Reference set out the remit and objectives of the Group and the milestones and key deliverables. These include reviewing the learning resources currently available to support the teaching of themes relating to BAME communities, their contributions and experiences; advising on the commission of new learning resources; and reviewing and reporting on professional development to support teaching in these areas of learning.

The group will work in the spirit of the Curriculum for Wales guidance, considering the strategic and broad principles and direction required, ensuring what is important in delivering a broad and balanced education across each of the areas of learning and experience.

I expect the group to report on their initial findings, including recommendations for new resources for the forthcoming academic year by mid autumn, with a final report presented in Spring 2021.

I am also pleased to note that the members of the Working Group, chaired by Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, reflect a wide range of experiences and specialisms.  The Group is well placed to take full account of the histories, contributions and experiences of BAME communities in their work, and to deliver recommendations which will result in both the commission of robust and meaningful learning resources and constructive support for teaching practitioners to increase their skills in this very important area of learning.